This library has been undergoing renovation for a long time, but even knowing that, I wasn't sure what to expect. A little celebration? Sure. Some recognition of the hard work that was contributed? Of course. But what we saw - what we experienced, were people in the community who helped, who participated, and who simply wanted to be there a part of it. It was amazing.
You know I can get emotional at libraries - they can change lives - but this wasn't a tearing up kind of emotion. This was energetic, excited, and celebratory - everyone seemed so happy to be there!
And Ben? Oh. My heart couldn't have been prouder.
His work was blown up and put onto big window shades in the Teen Space and Manga Rooms of the library. He incorporated historical buildings from the city into some of the pieces and seeing them almost larger than life? Well, let me just show you.
|Yes - he DREW those!|
|The manga room|